What Happens When a Doctor Fails to Refer a Patient to a Specialist?

If you are someone who recently went to the doctor with an issue, and your doctor either failed to notice something wrong, or he noticed something was wrong that was outside of his or her realm of expertise and failed to refer you to a specialist? Failing to refer is one of the gravest mistakes a doctor can make. Furthermore, doctors are legally bound to refer their patients to specialists when they cannot provide the patient with the care or knowledge needed to help. That is why if you were harmed as a result of a doctor’s failure to refer, there is a very good chance you may qualify for financial compensation in a medical malpractice lawsuit. Please continue reading and speak with our experienced Washington D.C. personal injury attorneys to learn more about medical malpractice and how we can help you.

How do I sue a doctor for medical malpractice in Washington D.C.?

If you are harmed due to a doctor’s negligence in Washington D.C., you will first have to hire an experienced Washington D.C. medical malpractice attorney who can work to gather and present all the evidence needed to satisfy the burden of proof. The first step is establishing that you were, in fact, the doctor’s patient, and that the doctor, therefore, owed you a duty of care. From here, you will have to prove that the doctor diverted from the standard line of treatment, breached the duty of care, and that you sustained significant injuries and damages as a result. This is not always easy, and oftentimes, doctors will hire aggressive legal counsel to combat your claim, as their careers are often on the line in these situations. Our firm has helped countless individuals fight these attorneys for years, and we are ready to do the same for you, too. All you have to do is ask.

What is the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Washington D.C.?

If you have been injured in an accident in Washington D.C., you will have to file a personal injury claim within the state’s statute of limitations. Since the statute of limitations for medical malpractice claims in Washington D.C. is, generally, three years, you will, generally, have three years from the date of your accident to take legal action against the party responsible. If you wait any longer than three years, you will most likely be barred from suing. Do not let this happened. We are ready to hold your negligent physician accountable today.


The experienced personal injury and medical malpractice attorneys at Trombly & Singer, PLLC are prepared to represent clients facing legal matters after being injured due to another person’s negligence. If you require strong legal representation in Washington D.C. or Maryland, contact our firm today to schedule a consultation.